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what do i need for the 338RUM to reload today

 
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:58 AM
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what do i need for the 338RUM to reload today

Ok guys i have a 338RUM XCR with a badger 20moa base mark 4 rings and a 6.5 x 20 lupe LR 50mm with varmit rec. a Dillion 550 press so i want to go to sportsman warehouse this morning and get started i will go with 225NAB now i need to buy dies once! whats the best ! and what powder should i use and can you tell me what case prep i should do thanks this round will be used on antelope to moose at 50yds to 800 to 900 i know i will have to slow down the loads for under 100yd opportunities
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:14 AM
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I would get my load and stick with it at all distances. I like Redding dies.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:03 PM
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First off - I am by no means an expert, so hopefully some of them will chime in a help out a bit.
that being said, I too, have used a dillion 550, using it i found that i really ended up using it one stage at a time and most importantly I hand measured the powder charge for each and every load for my 300RUM. I, too, like redding dies, i bought full length dies. the way i do it with my dillion 550 is to take preped brass, then lube that cases, size the case and put a new primer in, all in the first station. then i take the brass and add a hand measured powder charge. then once all the cases are full of powder i take them back to the press and put one in at a time and put them trough the next die to place the bullet.
I don't think the powder charge on the 550 is anywhere near accurate enough for a magnum rifle, so plan on using a scale. I can't really help with specific powders or loads for the 338 but do a search, there is tons of info here.

good luck!
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:27 PM
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the powder of choice for my 338 ultra mags, is H-1000, I too like redding dies, and I use a rcbs press!, some good loads for the .338 are on

338 Remington Ultra Mag
but every gon likes its own mix! so play some and see what your's likes!
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:40 PM
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All of my dies are Redding, except for my 30.06 seater which is a Forster. All benchrest seater dies. I wouldn't hesitate to go with either.

Powders: Hodgdon US869, Re22, Re25, H1000, Retumbo, Ramshot Magnum, VV N165, VV N560, and I would bet WC872 would be very good as well. I have the least experience with the latter.

Make sure all of your dies are trimmed to the same length after sizing. I would also weigh each charge.
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:49 PM
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yes all powder charges will be hand weighed and for big rifle i use the dillion like a single stage all though i would like to finally get a electronic powder dispenser and weight rig thanks for the imput I will get the Redding comp dies and regular resizing die the other thing i need is a good case trimmer any suggestions thanks oh one more thing is hand primer better then just letting the the press do it thanks
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I use the RCBS hand primer and the trimmer from Sinclair....think it is a Wilson. It is the one where you place the case inside the bushing, makes for the most uniform trimming as the case is not held with a pilot in the mouth.
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